Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   In his 25 years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (15 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's Next Generation Project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and five cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the decades with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with California State University-Northride (CSUN) in North LA here:

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The topic of displaying Confederate flags in historic Oregon cemeteries will be addressed in a meeting later this month.

Leah Nash

As wildfire season gets underway, Native American tribes in Oregon are cautiously preparing under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Black Unity activist suspects “pure anger” was behind a driver’s motive for striking him with his vehicle at a children’s march last month.

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The latest round of pandemic scams now includes fake or unapproved antibody tests. 

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New legislation aims to let the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde file claims and potentially be compensated for any federal surveying errors on their land.

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An overnight act of vandalism against a campus library has been condemned by the University of Oregon.

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A gathering in Eugene’s Owen Rose Garden Sunday afternoon called 'Indigenous Solidarity with Black Liberation' was held to show support with the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as highlight an issue that’s haunted the Native American community: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#mmiw).

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A bill introduced by Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden aims to improve water access and quality for Native American tribes.


Nearly a month after a destructive riot erupted in downtown Eugene, police are asking for leads on those involved.

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Eugene Police say they’ve arrested a man who not only participated in the May 29th riot that trashed businesses near the downtown, but also took time to rob a looting suspect.

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Fire crews are waging a two-front battle this year: besides the expected slew of wildfires across the Pacific Northwest, they’ll also be keeping COVID-19 at bay, which will prove challenging. As part of our monthly series on Oregon’s resilience and natural resources, this story looks at the pandemic’s effects on seasonal wildfire operations.

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Less than a day after it was finished, a large “BLACK LIVES MATTER” mural painted outside the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse in Eugene was vandalized. 

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In these times of social unrest, many historic ties to racism are being revisited. That’s been seen recently in everything from the toppling of statues to the rebranding of pancake syrup.  Now as KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, the next step could change the very name of Lane County.

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Friday morning, activists with Eugene BIPOC Artists Collective painted "BLACK LIVES MATTER" on the 8th Avenue side of the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse.

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An acclaimed traveling activist and philanthropist came through Eugene today.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, his arrival reflects an ongoing problem for Black Americans, everywhere.

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The coastal city of Florence has announced a name for its newest park, which references a literal blast from the past. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on…”Exploding Whale Park.”

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Homeless people will still be counted in the 2020 Census, despite delays due to the pandemic. 

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted the 2020 Census effort, Oregon respondents are doing fine, according to a Census official.

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Teachers showed support for black lives today outside the federal courthouse in Eugene. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this is the fifteenth straight day of events calling for justice reform and black empowerment.

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Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has given a week’s notice to a federal forest official, to better explain how firefighters and rural communities will be safe from both COVID-19 and wildfires this season.

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Nearing its 31st anniversary, Eugene’s mobile intervention service, CAHOOTS – which stands for “Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets” – is busier than ever…and needing help.

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A Eugene crisis-intervention service may become the template for the justice reform called for by Black Lives Matter activists. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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More than a thousand activists gathered at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza Sunday, to discuss justice reform beyond marches and rallies.

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In a joint press conference, the mayors of Eugene and Springfield – as well as a Lane County Commissioner – condemned police brutality and the oppression of people of color.

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Defunding Eugene’s police force is not an option for advancing law enforcement, says its chief. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, Chris Skinner shared those remarks today, one week following a major downtown riot.

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The Black Lives Matter movement continues to push for justice reform. Spurred by George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police, activists like Isiah Wagoner are doing their part to spread awareness, and not let their message be co-opted by violent agitators outside the group.  

KLCC’s Brian Bull spoke to Wagoner about recent events here in Eugene, including last Friday’s destructive riot near the downtown.

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Eugene’s Police Chief says activists have been helping to keep the peace during recent protests of the killing of George Floyd this week.



It remains unknown which individuals created a bonfire in a traffic intersection and trashed a business complex in Eugene Friday night.  As KLCC's Brian Bull reports, the riot grew out of a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd.

What started out as a solemn march honoring George Floyd turned into a destructive riot last night in downtown Eugene.

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A new, tribally-run fire department is becoming a reality for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the development will improve response time to emergencies.